For example, to describe Shakespeare's sonnets as having been written in iambic pentameter acatalectic would be factually accurate, but in practice would be absurd, for the simple reason that iambic pentameter is presumed to be acatalectic unless otherwise specified as being subject to catalexis. However, in very rare contexts where catalexis might be considered probable (e.g., in English trochaic tetrameter, or in differentiating acatalectic verses from surrounding catalectic ones), explicit expression of the verse's metrical completeness may be achieved by using the term.
Music in Ancient Greece and Rome & Apollo's Lyre: Greek Music and Music Theory in Antiquity and the Middle Ages.(Review)
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